HOW LOUD IS TOO LOUD?™
Sound is measured in decibels. Even after long exposure, sounds of less than 85 decibels are unlikely to cause hearing loss. As the decibel level goes up, however, the risk of damage increases. At 85 decibels and above, long or repeated exposure can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the time it takes to damage hearing.
5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Child's Hearing
Don’t buy earbuds or any in-ear model for children. The closer the sound source is to the delicate working of the inner ear, the more damage loud sound can do. Stick to headphones.
Limit the amount of time your child listens to headphones. This is hard, but worth it. While hearing can be damaged from a single, loud sound, like a bomb going off, hearing loss happens most often when kids listen to loud music for extended periods of time. By all means do not let your kids sleep with earbuds in their ears.
Take your child to a park and teach him to appreciate the sounds of nature. Bird song, wind in the trees, even silence is beautiful. In our noisy world we don’t hear these sounds enough.
Ask Our Audiologist
What about you? Do you have any questions for an audiologist?
Noël Thayer, Puro’s Lead Audiologist, a New York state-licensed with 15 years of experience in the treatment of hearing loss. Noël will answer any questions you have about your hearing, free of charge, right here in this forum.
If you want to ask directly, all you have to do is drop us a line, and you will be connected to someone in the Bronxville Hearing Center who will do their best to answer your questions.
You can write to Noël directly using this form.
Or you can call 605-679-7876. This call will go to Bronxville Hearing Center. Hours of operation are 10am – 2pm (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.